Vinylbenzyl thymine (VBT) is a water-soluble polymer that is used to make photoresists. Students make their own photoresists in this lab as they learn about greener solutions to the global e-waste problem.
Students evaluate the life-cycle analysis of polystyrene and mushroom materials (mycelium and agricultural waste). In addition students grow their own mushroom materials and utilize experimental design to test mechanical properties of the material.
Students learn about an innovative greener alternative to the polyester manufacturing process as they investigate chemical bonds, fibers, pigments and dyes by extracting natural dyes and experimenting with pH and mordants.